There is a proliferation of dining places on the island, especially in Chora,
where you can enjoy your meal in picturesque settings hidden in the maze of
narrow streets. From simple Greek dishes to gourmet plates of the
international cuisine, and from the naïve decor of small tavernas to the
avant-garde ambient of club restaurants, the choices are numerous and diverse,
for every taste and every budget.
On the upper scale of the list there are
several restaurants offering tastes both from the Greek tradition and the
international sophistication. La Maison de
is one of the oldest and chicest on a small lane (Lidou
str.) off Matoyanni str., which, despite its narrowness, is the perfect passage
for those wishing to see and to be seen. On the central Matoyanni str.
you'll find Phillippis with the trendiest garden of
the island, where fresh fish and seafood, as well as classic Greek dishes are
served under the trees. Also on Matoyanni str., the atmospheric minimal
design of Interni is matched by the fusion gastronomy
that has earned this trendy restaurant a Golden Cap distinction in the recent
past. Mamaca's is situated on the beautiful courtyard
of an old mansion, lined with huge palm trees, and offers a variety of tasty
Strategically placed under the Windmills, with a
stunning view to the sea, the sunset and Little Venice, Sea Satin
is trendy and
always boasts a variety of seafood dishes, as its name suggests.
For more affordable prices you can choose one
of the numerous tavernas featuring lots of local color, like
Kounelas, a unique fish tavern on a tiny spot hidden
within the labyrinth of streets, famous for its fresh fish accompanied by Greek
salads and appetizers (you'll have to ask for directions at the block between
Skandinavian Bar and the port). The Klimataria
is traditional and unpretentious, serving Greek homemade food.
Alefkandra, opposite the Catholic church, is a
picturesque island tavern, also specializing in fresh seafood, while
Ta Kioupia at Kastro offers authentic Greek
specialties, as does Matthios at Tourlos on its pleasant
veranda overlooking the new port.
At many beaches you'll also find a
variety of dining places. At trendy Psarou beach you can relax and enjoy
exquisite tastes at N'Ammos, an all-day
cafe-restaurant with an elegant ambience in white and sand colors and a wooden
boardwalk to the water. At Agios Ioannis beach
Manoula's is a beautiful restaurant with a
view to the sea and a "tampered" Greek cuisine.
tavern at Fokos beach is quiet and The
so-trendy Panormos beach-bar/tavern is
responsible for making the beach with the same name one of the island's most
cosmopolitan ones. The veranda of Capelayo with a
panoramic view to Elia beach is perfect for enjoying one of its numerous dishes,
with the emphasis on the grill, away from the hot Aegean
sun. Kalua at Paraga beach, white and beautiful,
offers large tasty plates in a fun-charged atmosphere, while at Agia Anna beach,
behind Paraga, under the shady trees of Achinaioi (Sea Urchins) is where
you'll want to be if you're after top quality seafood.